Politics, Re-Spun: An Analogy For Understanding Violent Protest In Baltimore

Let’s say you live in an apartment building, and the only way to buy groceries was to order them and have them delivered to your apartment. Everyone is told “To place your order, simply call this toll free number, state your name, address, and what you want to purchase.” The cost of the groceries is ...

The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It

Why were you outraged over Russia locking up Pussy Riot but ambivalent over America bringing its full weight down on open access activist Aaron Swartz? Simple, because hating a Russian government is easier than improving your own. When Russian punk band Pussy Riot received 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” there were weeks ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Anti-Capitalism and Violence: Gord Hill Interviewed by Kersplebedeb

The opening graphic in The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book is striking, showing a Black Bloc member squaring off against a cop, each as representatives of the clash between Empire and free peoples from centuries past. To what degree do you feel that the clashes at today’s summits represent a continuity with the history of anti-colonial ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Fire and Flames, Black Blocs, and Militant Resistance

On KPFA’s Letters and Politics show featured an interview with Gabriel Kuhn, on the subject of the West German Autonomen, and the book Fire and Flames (which Kuhn translated into english). i have mirrored the interview here; it is well worth listening to. i found his comments on the evolution of the Black Bloc to ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Report on Quebec’s Student Strike

Reposted from the excellent signalfire blog: We are now in the 13th week of a Quebec student strike against a 75% tuition hike – the longest student strike in Quebec history – the conflict has become a rallying point for any and all opposition to austerity here, and clearly represents a political milestone, perhaps (we ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Class Antagonisms Inside the Fundamental Contradiction of National Oppression, by Sanyika Shakur

Class Antagonisms Inside theFundamental Contradiction of National Oppression 7–4–47 ADM (11) Havingjust passed the 19th, & quickly approaching the 20th, anniversary of theL.A. Rebellion, We should be reminded here of what Rodney King whimpered as he stoodin front of a bank of microphones surrounded by class enemies & neo-colonialpoliticians. Weshould remember how he’d been dressed ...

Art Threat: Us and Them – Dialogue meets theatre in this look at how we create "the other" and build bridges

Footage flickers from the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots. It looks like everyone is angry and no one knows why. Green and blue jersey wearing rioters cover the backdrop of the stage of the Cultch as six actors lurch, kick, destroy, and vent frustration that we all suspect has very little to do with hockey. It ...

the woodshed: Anarchy in the U.K.

Some thoughts and links on the riots across England: Not everyone in London is either a rioting, firebomb-throwing yob looter or an authoritarian “send-in-the-army” wannabe aristocrat. Some of them are good community minded people. Let hope these people get as much credit as they deserve. Sometimes you find insightful analysis in the most unlikely places. ...

World Headlines Review: Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis a Sovereignty Crisis

Greek Parliament, Syntagma Athens – by kouk News outlets around the world have focused heavily on the so-called Greek Sovereign debt crisis this week.  The proposed solution–an IMF loan package requiring “austerity measures” and a fire-sale of public assets–has sparked massive unrest in the capital, where people from all walks of life are decrying a ...

The Global Express: Rex Murphy on Vancouver Riot

Only in Vancouver would you see a riot after a hockey defeat. Afterall, Libyans are being killed by fighter jets, so how do we justify the actions that had taken place? Rex Murphy (in this video) give his expressive opinion on the mindless riot that took place.

Say what you will about Ottawa and the Senators

We would never do this.

World Headlines Review: Egypt and the Press: Stories and Stories

Coverage of the uprising in Egypt in its second week has become characterised by a number of types of reports, most of which paint colorful pictures, but do little to inform on the situation.  There are the political discussions as to the West’s reaction, and how the uprising will unbalance the Arab world and its ...

World Headlines Review: Tunisia and Algeria: North African States of Unrest

Reports of civil unrest and suicidal protests in Algeria and Tunisia these past two weeks are highlighting the precarious conditions under which many people across the world live: on the verge of starvation, hopelessly unemployed and frequently homeless.  For decades these two neighboring nations have been considered relatively stable, if authoritarian African countries; with education ...

Sketchy Thoughts: subMedia Riot 2010! Triple Cheeseburger Worldwide Exclusive Interview

This week: 1. Olympic Resistance in Vancouver 2. RBC gets torched 3. They few, we many 4. Talkin’ bout a revolution 5. Matthew Morgan-Brown speaks to subMedia (Interview with MMB about being arrested, updates regarding Roger’s situation and regarding the police infiltrator, “Francois Leclerc”)

World Headlines Review: Russia, Violence and Protest: What it is and what it is not

Reports and video footage of violent demonstration and criminality by ultra-nationalist and racist organisations in Russia this week are forming an interesting juxtaposition to recent political protests in the West.  If one is interested in what ‘violent thuggery’ actually looks like, witness this week’s outburst of unrest in Moscow:  Rampaging gangs seeking racist revenge against ...

World Headlines Review: Riots and Disparity: Rome, London and Toronto

International headlines in the last two weeks have reported a massive amount of social unrest and unsettling news across the developed world, including riots and economic data which on the surface may appear discordant and unrelated, but are united as part of larger political and economic trends.  Fees Protest, by Andrea_F Days of protests and ...